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News

What’s New in Accessible Vehicles for 2018, By Michael Collins, April 2nd, 2018

Topeka Metro Invites the Public to Envision the Future of Bus Service, From the Topeka Metro, March 27, 2018

Topeka Metro to Host Public Meetings on Fall/Winter 2017-18 Updates, Topeka Metro, July 2017

Topeka Metro explores workforce route south of the city, By Luke Ranker, May 15, 2017

Seniors Ride the Metro Free Troughout the Month of May!, Topeka Metro, May 2017

New Uber-like ride-hailing service helps riders with disabilities in KC, By Robert A. Cronkleton, April 25, 2017

MTPO to Unveil Futures 2040 Plan Recommendations, From the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization, April 2017

Topeka Metro Announces April and May Free Ride Promotions, By Topeka Metro, April 2017

How driverless cars can empower Americans with disabilities, By Patrick Sisson, January 18, 2017

U.S. Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans, From the U.S. Access Board, December 14, 2016

Study Finds Transportation Lacking For Those With Special Needs, By Shaun Heasley, November 11, 2016

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is the leading trade organization for the public transportation industry. APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing.

At the Community Transportation Association of America our vision of America's public and community transportation future — the cause that we serve — is based upon fundamental values that are as old as the nation itself. Freedom, independence, dignity and choice are as much at the heart of the debate for building an accessible society as they have been in building a free society. There is never an end to the work to create a free society, and there will never be an end to our work to build a more mobile society. Both of these noble pursuits remain great works in progress.

Disability.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. This section of Disability.gov offers a wide range of information on accessible transportation systems, community transportation initiatives and federal laws and regulations to improve access and availability of bus, rail and air travel.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is one of 10 modal administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation. FTA administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers.

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center - NADTC's goal is to promote the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.

Transportation for America is a coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation, equitable development, and other organizations which seeks to align national, state, and local transportation policies with an array of issues like economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development.

USDOT Americans with Disabilities Act: Guidance - This circular provides guidance to recipients and subrecipients of FTA financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementing regulations at 49 CFR Parts 27, 37, 38, and 39. The circular provides topically arranged explanations of the existing ADA requirements and information on implementing the requirements.

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Publications

ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance, November 2012 - this Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examines what public transit agencies are doing to address the growing demand for Paratransit services and provides recommendation on how to improve the collection of data to document how well paratransit services are being provided.

Adapting Motor Vehicles For People With Disabilities: A Proven Process for Gaining Freedom on the Road - this brochure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is based on the experience of driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who work with individuals who require adaptive devices for their motor vehicles. It is centered around a proven process that can help you avoid costly mistakes when purchasing and modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment. Also included is general information on cost savings, licensing requirements, and organizations to contact for help.

DOJ/DOT Joint Technical Assistance on the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements to Provide Curb Ramps when Streets, Roads, or Highways are Altered through Resurfacing - Public entities have asked the Department of Transportation and the Department of Justice to clarify whether particular road surface treatments fall within the ADA definition of alterations, or whether they should be considered maintenance that would not trigger the obligation to provide curb ramps. This Joint Technical Assistance addresses some of those questions.

Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities, May 2012 - as Congress debates reauthorization of the surface transportation bill, this report by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Leadership Conference Education Fund offers recommendations on how to address the current inequity in affordable, reliable, accessible transportation for people with disabilities.

Moving Forward Together: A Workbook for Initiating and Increasing Accessible Taxi Services is designed for use by community leaders representing the taxi industry, disability community, transit industry, and local government, and is intended to facilitate discussion and encourage input from multiple perspectives as communities move forward to improve and increase the availability of accessible taxis. The workbook includes nine sections on important issues related to accessible taxi services, including public policy, vehicle design and costs, and contracts and operating agreements.  Each section includes a series of  discussion points that can be considered by a community and relevant examples of current efforts from communities across the country that have already put much work into improving accessible taxi services, along with contact information so workbook users can learn more about their experiences. Download as a PDF file  |  text file

The New Horizons Booklet is a guide designed to offer travelers with disabilities a brief but authoritative source of information about the Air Carrier Access rules: the accommodations, facilities, and services that are now required to be available. It also describes features required by other regulations designed to make air travel more accessible.

Self-Driving Cars: Mapping Access to a Technology Revolution - In this report the National Council on Disability (NCD) examines the challenges and advances associated with this revolution in transportation technology and proposes directions in research and development that will most benefit people with disabilities.

Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation is an August 2009 report by Transportation For America which offers a systematic analysis of the conundrum faced by communities and their transit systems: Historic ridership and levels of demand for service, coupled with the worst funding crisis in decades. The report documents the devastation of transit cuts and fare increases on America’s communities.

Supplement to the 2013 DOJ/DOT Joint Technical Assistance on the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements To Provide Curb Ramps when Streets, Roads, or Highways are Altered through Resurfacing - This document responds to frequently asked questions that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has received since the technical assistance document was published. This document is not a standalone document and should be read in conjunction with the 2013 Joint Technical Assistance.

Thinking Outside the Farebox - this new free guidebook from Transportation for America is designed to help community leaders across the country meet the demand for transit by raising money to build and operate it outside of the traditional federal funding sources.

The United We Ride National Dialogue Final Report, February 2010 (pdf / doc)-The Dialogue brought together key stakeholders using collaborative web-based technologies to discuss the following broad question: “What ideas can improve access to affordable and reliable transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes?”  The Dialogue participants highlighted important and challenging policy concerns for moving forward.  The themes, ideas, and Panel recommendations in this report identify significant opportunities to break down the Federal barriers to local coordination of Federal transportation resources and streamline access to transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with limited incomes.

Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned, National Council on Disability, May 04, 2015 - this comprehensive assessment surface transportation for people with disabilities outlines both the progress made in the last decade and details the persistent barriers that remain. (report in PDF format & DOC format)


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